Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 10/03/05 at 07:30 AM ET
Assume for argument's sake that NHL referees will continue all season to call penalties as they did in the preseason, although cynics still suspect the obstruction fouls will be 50 percent back by January and all the way back in the playoffs. But if wide-open, zero-tolerance play remains the law of the land, then the incessant parade to the penalty box will slow down only marginally and most games will be decided by specials teams. You wanted hockey with no defense? Be careful what you wish for. "Now," said B's veteran Tom Fitzgerald, "you've got Harlem Globetrotter hockey." The idea will be to win 6-2, not 6-5. Meaning: Get lots of power plays, and cash in on a high percentage of them. But keep your own penalties to a minimum. Easier said than done.
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